AUTO CLUB
IN THE COMMUNITY

AUTO CLUB IN THE COMMUNITY

We're always with you®

We're always with you®

Serving the needs of motorists since 1900

It’s not often that a company can remain vital for more than a century, but the Auto Club has survived and thrived because we’ve never lost sight of our mission to help our members — and by extension, our larger community — meet their ever-changing needs.

ADVOCACY - SO MUCH MORE THAN YOU KNOW

Traffic Safety

“I was delighted to read AAA sponsored this new law. That is exactly why I am glad to be a AAA member: because your organization can help me take care of these kinds of matters, so I can concentrate more on my family and other responsibilites in life. Thank you for helping me on so many levels.”

Erick G,
a member expressing gratitude for Auto Club motorist advocacy efforts

Advocacy Initiatives

Should drivers have control and choice when it comes to the information from their cars?

Your car “knows” a lot. Today’s computer technology allows vehicles to monitor their condition and identify problems, sometimes before they occur. Your car also tracks your driving habits and learns about you through the smart phone you sync with your vehicle.

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Ensuring taxes and fees paid by motorists are fair, reasonable, and used to effectively improve roads, transit and safety, as well as opposing unfair tax and fee increases like raising the Vehicle License Fee above one percent.

Advocating for fair treatment and choice for automotive consumers when they buy, maintain, and operate their vehicles, such as sponsoring California's "key code" law allowing motorists to obtain high-tech car key replacements when and where needed.

Supporting legislation and public policies that effectively improve traffic safety for all road users, such as establishing effective speed zoning for safer roads.

Sponsoring or supporting legislation to reduce drunk driving through use of ignition interlocks, DUI checkpoints, and other impaired driving deterrents.

Sponsoring laws targeted at improving safety for:

  • teen drivers, such as the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing law
  • child passengers, such as the revised booster seat law
  • all drivers, such as California’s ban on texting while driving

TRAFFIC SAFETY PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES

Infants and Toddlers
Youth and Families
Teen Drivers
Senior Drivers

TRAFFIC SAFETY ISSUES

ENVIRONMENT AND AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

AUTO CLUB AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH CENTER

Founded in 1965 to study the connection between cars and smog pollution, the Automotive Research Center (ARC) has assisted in establishing effective practices to reduce vehicle emissions, providing consumers with more accurate fuel economy (MPG) information and informing consumers about their options when considering alternative-fuel vehicles. Over the decades, ARC has contributed to many environmental programs and research initiatives such as:

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New Auto Club facilities, such as the Auto Club's San Diego LEED-certified branch are built and operated to maximize efficiency and reduce greenhouse gasses.

Helped develop vehicle smog testing practices that have contributed to dramatically reducing smog throughout Southern California since the 1970s.

Tests new vehicles based on "real world" consumer needs and reports results to members via Westways magazine. Also reports safety defects to manufacturers/agencies to ensure public safety.

Based on extensive studies by the Automotive Research Center, the federal Environmental Protection Agency changed its regulations regarding posted mileage estimates on vehicles for sale. Those mileage estimates now better reflect the "real world" mileage that average drivers can actually expect.

Publishing an annual "Green Car Guide" evaluating high-mileage gas-powered and alternative fuel vehicles based on fuel economy and consumer-friendly criteria such as roominess, comfort, ease of use, and crashworthiness.

Testing after-market products that claim to improve vehicle mileage. None of the products tested to date have actually lived up to the manufacturer's claims of significantly improving fuel economy.

Publishing information to help motorists conserve fuel consumption and save money including:

  • Gas Watcher's Guide: Tips for Conserving Fuel, Saving Money and Protecting the Environment
  • Your Driving Costs: How Much Are You Really Paying to Drive?

The Auto Club is conducting a multi-year Electric Car Research Project using a fleet of EVs, including 20 smart All Electric Drive vehicles. The project provides information to consumers about how electric cars may fit into their lives.

The Auto Club provides electric vehicle charging stations at select branches, as well as a mobile electric charging truck in select areas to assist with quick electric-car charging for EVs that run out of charge.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR THOSE IN NEED

Victim Relief Drives

VICTIM RELIEF DRIVES

Providing help to victims of weather-related tragedies, such as the tornadoes, that struck the Midwest and Alabama in 2011, and our "Hope for Haiti" fundraiser in 2010.

Refurbished Vehicle Donations

REFURBISHED CAR DONATIONS

Donations to children and families in need in conjunction with the Recycled Rides and Benevolence Car Programs, as well as many other toy and donation drives.

Free Roadside Assistance

FREE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE

Free towing services and repairs for floats in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Free roadside service for participants at most Southern California professional sports venues.

SUPPORT CULTURAL / ARTS EDUCATION

Cultural and Arts Education

“Just wanted to say thank you for the teen driver safety fair. My boys and I had a good time. Keep up the good work.”

Jonathan D,
a member who attended one of
the Auto Club’s many safety events.

Cultural and Arts Education

The Auto Club archive contains thousands of images, maps, and records documenting the development of Southern California throughout the 20th century. To ensure ongoing preservation, the collection is being converted to digital images, which help document our cultural legacy including:

The Westways cover art collection, along with historic photos and maps, have helped to create dozens of memorable museum exhibits. Westways cover artists include Rex Brandt, Phil Dike, Merv Corning, and Jake Lee.

The Auto Club was the original poster of directional and traffic safety signs for roads throughout Southern California and beyond, along the route that eventually became Route 66. Many of those signs are preserved today in the collection and also in the archives' historic images.

Auto Club maps, a member service dating from 1909, quickly became the most widely used maps of the region. Auto Club cartographers worked on several special projects, including black-out maps and even war strategy maps for World War II, now preserved in the archives.

The Auto Club has provided use licenses for hundreds of non-profit groups to use the archives materials.

Since 2005, the Auto Club has collaborated with the UCLA History-Geography Project to offer a summer institute allowing teachers to develop lesson plans about their local communities with the help of historical maps, articles, and photos from the Auto Club archives. Thousands of students have benefited from the lesson plans created in the institute, some of which are available at: geographicliteracy.gseis.ucla.edu/about.html


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